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The Amusement Park: 900 Years of Thrills and Spills, and the Dreamers and Schemers Who Built Them


Experience the electrifying, never-before-told true story of amusement parks, from the middle ages to present day, and meet the colorful (and sometimes criminal) characters who are responsible for their enchanting charms. Step right up! The Amusement Park is a rich, anecdotal history that begins nine centuries ago with the "pleasure gardens" of Europe and England and ends with the most elaborate modern parks in the world. It's a history told largely through the stories of the colorful, sometimes hedonistic characters who built them.

"A vivid -- often ardent -- history... A legitimate way to study American cultural and social history... Even in this digital age, it seems, there's a craving for communal diversion, and for gathering agog crowds before a shared spectacle."―Wall Street Journal

"Spectacular...lavishly illustrated, deeply researched and widely enjoyable."―Chicago Tribune

By Stephen M. Silverman. Published by Black Dog & Leventhal; First Edition edition, 2019. 432 pages, hardcover.

Click Here to read about Easton's Beach Pavilion, which featured a roller coaster as early as 1902!